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again, she would stop health reform. this arrest of course comes within 24 hours of yesterday's fbi arrest of a washington state man who was accused of making threats against democratic senator patti murray. both of these stories are still developing tonight. we'll let you know about any further details as we get them. now, the other big story in politics today happened in the middle of the country in minnesota. on the myth of the moderate republican, the modern moderate republican, finally came to an end. >> freedom-loving minnesotans, please welcome congresswoman michele bachmann and sarah palin. ♪ this one's for the girls >> today, alongside sarah palin and michele bachmann in minnesota, stood minnesota governor and 2012 presidential
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hopeful tim pawlenty. there he is. oh, yeah. yes. yeah. same event. that's him. introducing sarah palin and michele bachmann today. mr. pawlenty not only appearing with ms. bachmann and palin today, but blast e-mailing his supporters in advance of today's event, telling them they need to stand with michele bachmann to help send her back to washington. here's the deal. tim pawlenty still gets described as a voice of reason in the republican party. a voice of moderation and a party that is increasingly leaning toward the very, very far right. you can either be a moderate, you can represent the center, be the reasonable alternative to the far right, or you can hitch your wagon to michele bachmann. you can't be both. trust me. >> thomas jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. we are at the point, sean, of
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revolution. and really now in washington, i'm a foreign correspondent on enemy lines. i want people in minnesota armed and dangerous. >> that is who tim pawlenty is urging his supporters to get behind. if tim pawlenty is the voice of moderation in the republican party, it's possible the beltway media needs to find a new guy in the republican party to call the voice of moderation. and they have, actually. >> republican bob mcdonnell has focused not on the president, but on taxes and jobs in a campaign targeted squarely at moderate. >> private sector solutions and preenterprise and limited government. >> mr. mcdonnell has done his best to rebrand himself as a moderate willing to work with democrats. he ran as a moderate. he ran as a moderate conservative. all quotes from the coverage of bob mcdonnell's campaign for the governorship in virginia, and the way he has governed since he has been there. virginia governor bob mcdonnell, after tim pawlenty, now being
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christened the new voice of the republican moderate. when he was endorsed last year, noted, quote, moderate temperament. mr. mcdonnell was hand-picked by the republican party to give the republican response to president obama's state of the union address earlier this year, after he had been in office precisely 11 days. mr. mcdonnell was praised as the new face of the republican party. move over, tim pawlenty, there is a new republican moderate seeming guy in town. a new republican moderate seeming guy that declared the month of april will be confederate history month in the commonwealth of virginia. governor mcdonnell releasing a proclamation to that effect saying, quote, april is the month in which the people of virginia joined the confederate states of america in a four-year war between the states for independence. oh, that's what we're calling it now, a four-year war between the states for independence.
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sounds awesome. is that all it was for? proclamation goes on, whereas virginia has long recognized her confederate history, the numerrous civil war battlefields that mark regions of the state, those who fought for their homes and communities and commonwealth in a time very different than ours today, and whereas, it is important for all virginians to reflect upon our commonwealth-shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the civil war -- you notice anything missing here in all the whereas', in this call to remember confederate soldiers fighting for their homes and communities? in the war of independence? did you notice the lack of mention of something else the confederacy might have been fighting for? the last time a republican governor in virginia tried to
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celebrate a confederate history month in virginia, he at least had the decency to mention slavery. gilmore included this, quote, our recognition of confederate history also recognizes that slavery was one of the causes of the war, slavery is abhorred and condemned by virginians and was ended by this war. right. this time around, governor mcdonnell cut that part out. made no mention of slavery at all. criticized for that, the new moderate seeming face of the republican party said that he did not think slavery was an important enough issue to include in a proclamation on the confederacy. he told "the washington post," quote, there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states, obviously it involved slavery. it involved other issues. but i focused on the ones i thought were most significant for virginia. see, slavery just wasn't significant enough to mention.
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the civil war? any number of things going on there. slavery? whatever. a spokesman for governor mcdonnell later had to clarify that comment, telling the website talking points memo today, quote, the governor knows that slavery is a significant part of virginia's history. turns out that clarification was not quite good enough, because even later today, governor mcdonnell finally caved on the whole, the civil war was about any number of things, slavery, shmavery. he reversed himself on the matter apologizing, saying the proclamation issued by this office designating april as confederate history month contained a major omission. the failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake and for that i apologize. to any fellow virginian who has been offended or disappointed. an update to the official confederate history month
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proclamation. whereas, it is important for all virginians to understand that the institution of slavery was evil and inhumane practice, and all virginians are thankful for its permanent ee ratification of our borders. he was supposed to be the new face of republican moderation. he says his celebrate the confederacy proclamation was in the first instance a way of encouraging tourism to the commonwealth of virginia. well, between the celebrate the confederacy, slavery shmavery proclamation and the fact that his attorney general is scheduled to be speaking at an event at the state capitol monday to promote the open carrying of loaded firearms, i'm sure tourists everywhere feel very, very welcome in virginia these days. joining us, melissa
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harris-lacewell, thank you for joining us. >> i went to public school from kindergarten through high school in the state of virginia, so i know quite a bit about this war of northern aggression that the governor is speaking about. >> as an african-american studies professor and as a virginia native, what do you think about the idea of there being confederate history month in virginia? >> well, you know, certainly it's not as governor mcdonnell initiated this, but he did revive it. so, you know, i know enough about virginia history to know that there really are two different ways that virginia has thought about its southern past. and one is kind of the thomas jefferson notion of virginia history. and obviously the thomas jefferson notion of virginia
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history includes slavery. there'd be no way to talk about jefferson without talking about slavery. but it is a tradition that is focused primarily on how virginia contributed to the founding of the nation. how someone who was himself a slaveholder wrote a document that wasn't a slave document but a free document, right? the declaration of independence, saying we have inalienable rights and helped to create the union. but then there's this other way that virginia history is sometimes presented in the schools and on monument avenue in richmond and on jefferson davis highway where i grew up, and that is a history that says what virginia is primarily is the site of massive resistance against the union, that it is the site where sort of brave soldiers came together to fight against this very thing that jefferson had sacrificed to create. so in both cases, there's slavery. but the real question is how it comports itself to the national
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story s virginia a place that birthed the nation or is part of a birth of a nation? >> and what about the issue of tourism being linked to the confederacy? this idea that americans would want to not just revisit historic sites of the civil war, but would specifically want to come to virginia to sort of commemorate and learn more about the confederacy itself? to me, it's interesting and it's important that republican governors keep endorsing that idea, and democratic governors keep not endorsing that idea in virginia. are there, either partisan or left and right differences of opinion and perception about having a romantic view of the confederacy? >> oh, absolutely. this particular romantic, and i want to say even imagined notion of the confederacy. i say imagined because part of what the confederate story is is this idea that somehow poor, white southerners really benefited from the relationship of slavery. when in fact we know that the vast majority of white laborers
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did not benefit from slavery. they found that their labor was degraded by slavery. but instead what happens with this sort of romantic notion of the great south is that it gets sold as a commodity so that i can see, for example, rebel flags, confederate flags, in rural pennsylvania and in southern california and in downstate illinois. these are not places that were part of the confederacy, but they are consumed by americans across the country who want to have a sort of vision of white supremacy, a vision of this kind of romantic moment in american history where black people knew their place and women knew their place and laborers knew their place. and so this is clearly to me about attaching to one he perceives as a national anxiety about the ways in which women, and people of color and immigrants are changing and rewriting the american story, and saying you know what?
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virginia will be a nice, safe place for those of you who want to row manhattan size a past where this size of power struggle did not exist. but of course it's not true. it's simply a romantic notion of the confederacy. it's not the reality of the ways in which the confederacy degraded whites and blacks together. >> it certainly puts a romantic as terra asterisk, i sort of think this is -- this defines bob mcdonnell from here on out until he gives us a reason to believe anything else important about him. >> i would agree. and engood, having gone to school in virginia, it's not an uncommon thing to pretend that the war between the states or the war of northern aggression was somehow not a war about slavery. it's a common narrative that emerges in textbooks and in schools. you know, and again, i think it also highlights sort of what happened in texas recently
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around the changing of the curriculum. it is critically important that as we tell our history as americans that we not only get our facts straight, but also, you know, employ kind of critical reasoning skills to think on our past. because that past is with us even now. >> melissa harris-lacewell, one of the smartest people i've talked to about anything, anytime, anywhere. thanks so much. great to see you. >> thank you. here's what one worker at the massey energy coal mine in west virginia said after an explosion at that mine killed 25 people and left four more missing this week. the person said, no one will say this who works at that mine, but everyone knows it has been dangerous for years. jeff goodal, author of "big coal" joins us next on what's going on in the rescue effort in west virginia.
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we have some breaking news tonight from afghanistan. for the third time the taliban has released video that taliban spokes people say is of a u.s. soldier who was captured in afghanistan last june. you'll recall this soldier's name, army private beau bergdahl, the taliban has claimed they have had him in its custody. today the mujahadin released this video. they claim it shows private bergdahl with a beard doing pushups, presumably to show he is still fit and healthy. two weeks after private bergdahl disappeared, the taliban released their first video of him, showing him with a shaved head, sitting on a rug with food in front of him. he said in that tape he was scared he wouldn't be able to go home. then in december, the taliban released a second video also
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reportedly showing him, this one showed him in full army uniform. in the third video, private bergdahl begs to go home. he asks for the return of all u.s. troops and for an end to the war. you see that footage, also looking quite different with a full, grown out beard. of course we're going on what the taliban says this is, and what it appears to be. it's not yet confirmed. we will be right back. t the fac. today, the dream of owning a home seems more attainable than ever. nobody sells more real estate than re/max. visit remax.com today. youtube didn't exist. and facebook was still run out of a dorm room. when we built our first hybrid, more people had landlines than cell phones, and gas was $1.75 a gallon. and now, while other luxury carmakers are building their first hybrids, lexus hybrids have traveled 5.5 billion miles. and that's quite a head start.
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ground around coal seams. if there's a certain amount of methane gas in the air, between 5% and 15%, it's very, very explosive. so if you're mining coal, it's really, really, really important that you take measures to get methane gas away from what you're doing. to keep the levels of methane gas inside the mine at very, very low levels. because otherwise, naturally, methane builds up, explosions can happen very easily, and people can very easily be killed. in montcoal, virginia, this week, 25 miners died. another four are still unaccounted for after an explosion at the upper big branch mine. the cause of that explosion is still being investigated but the prime suspect is a buildup of methane gas. rescuers were ordered out of the mine early yesterday morning, even though there are still four people missing, because, they said, of dangerously high methane levels. they have begun drilling holes in the mine to vent out the gas, but state and federal officials said this afternoon that gas levels, including carbon monoxide and hydrogen as well as methane gas, were still too high to let rescuers back into the
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mine to resume the search for those four miners who are still missing. just minutes ago, officials gave another update on the rescue effort, saying there's still a possibility that rescuers could get back into the mine as early as tonight. it hasn't yet happened. the hope is that these four miners who are missing were able to make their way to a rescue chamber in the aftermath of this explosion monday. a top official said today that hope is miniscule. west virginia governor joe manchin is promising a full investigation into the explosion. staffers have been dispatched as part of an investigation, and the department of labor has just announced its own investigation. already the upper big branch mine where the explosion took place, and massey energy, the company that owns it, are under intense scrutiny for their safety record or lack thereof. we learned yesterday that the mine had been cited for 53
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violations last month alone. we know now that the mine was even cited twice on the day of the explosion. programs the most instructive thing we are learning about all these safety violations at the upper big branch mine is not how many safety violations they were, but what they were about. among the mine's violations was one in january for ventilation systems that are supposed to prevent the system of methane gas and coal dust that can cause explosions. according are to the associated press earlier this year, federal inspectors found the air flow had been reversed on a fresh air system that was meant to bring clean air to miners in an emergency. it reports the mine foreman told investigators he'd known about the problem for weeks without addressing it. one federal mine safety official told bloomberg today, massey has a history of violating safety regulations especially of the sins of ventilation.
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and others saying miners were evacuated three times from the upper big branch mine because of dangerously high methane levels. a 22-year-old electrician who worked in the mine as a subcontractor went on record saying, quote, no one will say this who works at that mine, but everyone knows it has been dangerous for years. specifically, according to that subcontractor, workers had regularly been told to work 12 hour shifts when eight hours is the industry standard. he said live wires were left exposed and accumulation of coal dust and methane was routinely ignored. this from reuters, jimmy platte, 54 years old, worked for massey said the explosion at upper big branch mine on monday was an accident waiting to happen. he said he and other miners were sometimes required to put in 18 to 20-hour days. he says they were told to work what he says was unmineable coal, which opened wide cracks in the mine ceiling, making a roof collapse more likely.
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mr. platte said the main difference between working for nonunionized massey and working for other mine companies that have union representation was, in his words, the right to say no. again, methane gas happens in coal mines. there are multiple causes of explosions and other things that can be dangerous in coal mining. methane gas is one of those things that's just there. it's highly explosive and there for the very important job of coal mining companies, to keep it from building up and exploding and killing their workers. for safety violation upon safety violation upon safety violation, federal inspectors have proposed more than $1 million in fines this year alone for this one mine where this blast happened on monday. so far, the company that profits from the mine, massey energy, has paid only 16% of those fines. as of now, the price paid by the people who actually do the mining is 25 lives. and four more for which we wait and hope. joining us now, jeff goodal,
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author of "big coal, the dirty secret behind america's energy future." thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> on this reuters story, there are now people who are former workers for massey, some family members of people who have worked for massey who are willing to put their names to their quoets and talk about the company being dangerous. is this new? >> it is new, because for a while, for a long time there's been a code of silence around massey energy, because they're such a big coal operator in that region, in appalachia, if you bad mouth massey, tell the truth about the mines, then you don't have a job. but i think what's happening, we're having a building, obvious anger about what's gone on here. massey plead guilty to ten criminal counts, charges in the air coma mine in 2006 where miners were killed, there was a lot of anger about that. they were found to have falsified the mine logs in that
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mine. there's a lot of anger around massey's mountain top removal mining, flattening large areas of appalachia, a lot of water -- clean water act violations there. so i think what's happening, people are finally standing up in west virginia and saying this has to stop. we have to change the way we mine coal. >> when we think about trying as a country to make sure that people have a right to work without it costing them their lives, and we think about trying to make -- create the expectation that companies will follow the law and not try to either buy their way or bully their way around it, you look at what happened with the arakoma fire in 2006, as you say, massey didn't just pay multi million dollar fines there, they were found guilty in a criminal case on that. and yet, we are still seeing safety violations related to ventilation, related to some of the same things that killed
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those minoers in 2006. if fines don't work, increased regulations don't work, what works? >> it's a good question. this is a political problem. this is about the fact that don blankenship basically is the biggest political power in west virginia. nobody wants to stand up to him. he goes after politicians who do anything that he doesn't like. he spent $3.5 million a few years ago in attack ads against a state supreme court justice who had made a decision in a case that he didn't like. the word on the street in west virginia is you don't mess with don. and there's just -- it's just a really simple kind of intimidation that goes on. and in these mines, you know -- you know, it's not as all above board as we would like to think. these inspections happen down in the dark, and i know fra tafrom talking to some of these mine inspectors, there's a lot of
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corruption in this, there's a lot of back slapping and turning it, looking the other way. especially in the case of massey. the obvious question is why wasn't this mine shut down? >> when we look at the zadisasts so frequently, like china, we look at that and think, those chinese coal mine operators, they sure are shady. or those chinese coal miners, they don't know what we're doing. we from this comfortable distance look and say, china's got a problem. china's got a problem, they're growing so fast they don't care about the lives of their people. we look at that problem and decide that's a government problem, a problem about government priorities. i feel that way about the mining industry in this country too and i'm not at a comfortable distance from it. what is the best hope for things actually getting better? >> i think that part of what we're seeing is the bush administration spent eight years kind of gutting the mine safety administration, so that became kind of a ineffective agency.
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there's good signs the obama administration has put in a tough administrator in the mine safety administration. i think we're really talking about political reform. but not just in the mine safety level, but within west virginia. and that's a really complicated problem. because this is a state -- don blankenship makes the argument that the economy of west virginia is dependent upon continuing to mine and burn coal. he sees mining comb as a commodity game. it's just get the stuff out of the ground as cheaply and quickly as possible. that has to change. we need to think about coal in a different way. >> factor in the lives and safety of the people doing this work in figuring out the cost of it. jeff goodell, thank you for joining us. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. oklahoma's republican senator tom coburn is not only proud to have blocked the extension of unemployment benefits this week, he is raring
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president obama right now is on air force one heading for prague. he left the white house this evening, almost a year to the day since his last visit to the czech capital. last april standing in what had been enemy territory during the cold war, mr. obama laid out his
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vision of the world minus nuclear weapons. >> i state clearly and with conviction america's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. this goal will not be reached quickly. perhaps not in my lifetime. it will take patience and persistence. but now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. we have to insist, yes, we can. >> yes, we can change he says, and we sort of have. incremental but important ways on this issue. the call for a world free of nuclear weapons isn't a new one. it was a vision of course shared by president john f. kennedy, shared by that other notorious weak-willed liberal ronald reagan. >> we're not talking about an increase of nuclear weapons, we seek instead to reduce their
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number. we seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. >> what a lilly livered liberal that ronald reagan was. today's right wing is attacking barack obama for embracing ronald reagan's policy on nuclear weapons, which tells you more about today's right wing than it does about either ronald reagan or barack obama. but the actions that mr. obama is taking on nukes shouldn't be a surprise. the last time he went to prague a year ago, he told us what he was planning to do in this field. he said for example the u.s. would cut back on the circumstances under which we would consider using nukes. >> put an end to cold war thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and urge others to do the same. >> done. this week the administration released its new nuclear strategy plan which boils down to, if you don't have nuclear weapons, we won't use nuclear weapons against you. unless your name rhymes with
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iran or north korea, you guys are exempt with any deal from anybody else, because you're cheaters. russia too made a similar announcement earlier this year. mr. obama said he'd like to reduce the number of nuclear weapons that already exist in the world. >> to reduce our warheads in stockpiles, we will negotiate a new strategic arms reduction treaty with the russians this year. >> also done. albeit a little bit late. he will sign the reduction treaty, the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty, with russia tomorrow. it should cut the number of deployed nukes by almost a third. back at that speech a year ago in prague, president obama also said we'd do this. >> we should build a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation, including an international fuel bank so that countries can access peaceful power without increasing the risk of proliferation. >> also in the works. international fuel banks on the agenda for next week's nuclear
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security summit in washington, mr. obama hopes to secure an agreement on them then. the goal of a nuclear free world has been around for half a century, actually achieving it will probably take just as long. and anyone calling president obama a commy, or worse for trying to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons should probably be asked if they think ronald reagan was a commy too. in response to president obama taking on this issue that i still like to call the nuclear issue, even though that's not how you pronounce it, president mahmoud ahmadinejad gave a speech that included this bombastic dictator strangeness. quote, you are a newcomer to politics. wait until your sweat dries and get some experience. be careful not to read just any paper put in front of you or repeat any statement recommended. american officials bigger than you, more bullying than you, couldn't do a damn thing, let
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alone you. wait until your sweat dries? don't make any nuclear policies until at least 20 minutes after your exercise routine because you might cramp. wait until your sweat dries? to be fair, the tiny little iranian president might be distracted on this issue, he is busy planning a nuclear summit of his own, which he says will compete with the one that mr. obama is convening in washington next week. the american summit's going to focus on securing loose nukes around the world, preventing terrorists from getting their grubby little mitts on them. leaders from 40 countries are expected to be in attendance. iran has invited 60 countries. take that, yankee impeer rallists. so far, only six countries have rsvped. but don't worry, we're sure more will rsvp soon, just as soon as their sweat dries. really, brian? what?
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channel, see, fnc, tax day tea parties. they're called fox news channel tax day tea parties because all the big fox news channel personalties appeared at tax party -- tax day tea party events. they were fox news endorsed, and events. they ran fox news channel staff production time and ad time on their air to promote the events. they ran tea party promotions. >> all across the country, americans are making their voices heard. in california, texas, georgia, washington, d.c. citizens are standing up, saying no to more taxes, and demanding real economic solutions. >> apparently someone forgot to run all that by the boss.
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here is internationrup urt murd interview with martin kalb. >> is it appropriate for a news network to be engaged in that much politics? >> we shouldn't be supporting the tea party or any party. but i'd like to investigate what you're saying before i condemn anyone. >> i don't think we should be supporting are the tea party. >> i thought you were going to tell the boss, i totally remember you were going to tell the boss. you were going to tell the boss. i wonder what happened at fox news today after the boss investigated whether they really did this thing that he couldn't believe they would do. joining us now is sam stein of huffington post for the murdoch interview. nice to see you. >> thank you for having me. >> here's my first question, and i don't want it to be construed as rude but it's really what i'm wondering.
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is it possible rupert murdoch does not know what the tea party movement is? is it possible he thinks it's like a declared political party, like democrat or republican? >> i find that a little bit hard to believe. he showed obviously a good handle of current events, political affairs also at that press club, so someone who consumes that much news would -- one would think would have an understanding at the very least of what the tea party movement is. but by sort of acknowledging implicitly that he doesn't understand that his news channel has covered it with such boosterism, it does suggest a little bit of detachment and makes you wonder whether that's deliberate or not, whether he's too hands off with fox news. >> because he has chosen throughout his cheer to be so closely acease yated with all his news properties, brand them with his own political views but be the public and political face of those networks, is this possible it means there is a divide between murdoch and fox,
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or is it also possible that this is just plausible deniability, that he doesn't want to be tarred with what fox news is doing? >> couple points here. one, obviously the element of plausible deniability. fox's motto is fair and balanced. to admit you've sort of boosted the tea parties would remove that veneer. secondly, keep in mind murdoch is a recent owner of "the wall street journal", and by all accounts he's been trying to make that an on-level competitor to "the new york times." so perhaps his attention is divided elsewhere. this is a man very much devoted to ratings. love it or not, fox news gets a lot of good ratings. perhaps he's entrusted it to roger ales, what's the harm? >> i admit to not having any idea to know how they run their business internally, but now that rupert murdoch says it would be a bad idea to promote these tea parties, do you think they'll have to stop? >> i'm not holding my breath. fox news, listen.
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when fox news was conceived it was done very levelly. there was a niche to do sort of a republican viewpoint on the cable news networks. republicans right now aren't that popular, even among conservatives. what's in vogue is tea partiers. you have to attach yourself to the tea party whether it's deliberate or nonobjective reporting, it makes business sense. i think above all else, that's what motivate murdoch. >> sam stein, thanks so much for being here. >> thanks, rachel. coming up on "countdown," keith asks a serious question about how a president is legally able to authorize the killing of an american citizen without due process. very important story. next on this show, senator tom coburn of oklahoma's strange new observations about me out of the blue. ♪ well, look who's here. it's ellen. hey, mayor white. how you doing?
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his voting record, his subsidized residence at c street, he said this, look at rachel maddow. she comes at me on the basis of emotion. she demonizes me. i don't want conservatives to win on the basis of emotion. if we lower ourselves to the level they operate on we hurt ourselves and our arguments. i was trying to do my work. but then that pops up in my google alert and i read it and become so blindingly enraged and up set and morose and giddy and happy and mad and sad and happy again i couldn't make sense of the facts i was gathering. i was trying to read through the tears of joy and anger and anxiety. can you tell? i'm falling apart. so i promise -- i'm getting emotional, i promise tomorrow i will gather myself and add a
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and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. after the republican national committee's financial filings showed the party spent $2,000 of donor money at a fake lesbian bondage themed sex show nightclub republicans started bailing, big donors, the rnc chief of staff, but now the scandal has earned republicans a convert. a potential candidate for u.s. senate in louisiana is switching from the democratic party to the republican party because of the
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voyeur nightclub scandal. i cannot help but recognize that over time my liberty taryn values of money and sex and legal use of one for the other is now best espoused by the republican party. here to explain our own kent jones. hi, kent. >> hi, rachel. for the republican party to move forward they have to let some new people into the tent. i wonder if the tent is ready for this. republicans welcome potential senate candidate stephanie gregor clifford, better known as stormy daniels, winner of the 2007 golden g-string award. she is planning a run against republican senator david vitter, aka the hooker guy who called daniels' possible primary run a republican sideshow and shameless antics. stormy's response, we are
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disappointed that senator vitter has shamelessly allowed the washington and baton rouge republican elite to violate ronald reagan's 11th commandment and attack a fellow republican who is not a declared candidate in this race. don't laugh. stormy could turn out to be david vitter's worst nightmare. a camera ready tea partier who attacks him from the right. fellow louisiana tea partyiers and true conservatives will reject the republican elite's attempt to ram down our throats closet liberals like david vitter. support a true conservative that is committed to fiscal responsibility, reforming the tax system and, yes, respecting women. the floor yields to the gentle lady from louisiana. >> you know the vitter camp has been trying to blame this on democrats saying she is a stunt. the louisiana democratic party spokesman said if the national republican senate committee is
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uncomfortable with a challengers with a history of selling sex they should reconsider standing by an incumbent who has a history of paying for it. "countdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? licensed to kill. he was linked to the ft. hood shooter and the detroit underwear bomber. is that enough to justify the administration's decision to authorize the targeted killing of the radical cleric anwar al awlaki who was born in new mexico? is that enough to justify it in the wake of the revelation of the so-called video game killings of 2007? they were scared. the west virginia congressman who says three workers from the upper big branch mine had told him the miners had been worried about high levels of methane before the explosion. and the blankenship memo, the ceo of massey energy sends stern
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instructions, we seem not to understand that coal pays the bills. and still, it is too dangerous to send in rescue teams. >> we've asked the families to be patient. good news, slavery was not among the most significant issues of the civil war. so says virginia's new republican governor bob mcdonnell, reinstituting confederate history month. celebrating treason, violence and not even mentioning slavery. the awful truth, conservatives reveal mitt romney is a socialist. and ronald reagan as president was a leftist. and this is a would-be tea party congressman talking about the democratic incumbent. >> you've got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house. and rupert murdoch humiliated by his own employees. last night -- >> i didn't think we should be supporting the tea party or any other party. but i'd like to investigate what you're saying before i condemn anyone.

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